Obesity is an ever-growing problem in the Western world, and researchers may have added one more tool to the arsenal of patients trying to fight it- discovering that green coffee beans could aid dieters in shedding excess pounds.
The green coffee beans and weight loss study out of the University of Scranton was small, but the results were also very compelling. Sixteen overweight volunteers between the ages of 22 and 46 participated, and despite the fact that they were not put on diets and maintained a relatively high 2,400 calorie-a-day average, as a whole, participants experienced a pretty stunning amount of weight loss during the 22-week long study.
In addition to receiving green coffee bean weight loss supplements at timed intervals in the study- making the participants their own control group- subjects burned about 400 calories per day doing physical activity. At the conclusion of the study, however, the volunteers had lost between seven and 26 pounds, with a not-bad average of 17 pounds. Overall, participants receiving supplements made from ground green coffee beans lost about 10.5% of their body weight without dieting.
Joe Vinson, PhD is a professor of chemistry and led the University of Scranton study. WebMD says:
“Vinson and his colleagues gave the men and women in the study a 700-milligram (mg) dose of the ground coffee beans and a 1,050 mg dose. They also gave them a placebo or inactive dose during the 22-week study… The men and women cycled through each phase for six weeks. In between, they had ”wash-out” periods where they didn’t take any supplement. In this way, they served as their own comparison group.”
Vinson says that while higher doses correlated with increased weight loss, patients on the placebo did not seem to lose any weight at all- and a larger study of about 60 people is planned.. Chlorogenic acid, present in green coffee beans but not their roasted counterparts, is thought to be a factor in weight loss associated with the supplements.